This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 3rd May 2013

Is your business and IT in alignment?
Despite years of trying to fix the relationship between the IT organisation and the rest of business, communication and understanding between the two remains patchy. IT doesn’t share the same priorities. IT alignment doesn’t just happen – you have to do something. Conversations we have with IT are very technical and business doesn’t understand server uptime, so the alignment is around communication too. Have you heard that “Our IT department has a reputation for saying no?”. People, process and technology are the three elements to any successful business and we believe that these all need to be aligned.

COPE-ing mechanisms
A recent report raised an interesting security issue in the MDM arena recently. The report analysed differences in consumer habits between BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and COPE (Corporate Owned Personally Enabled) devices. 51% of tablet owners shared their device with at least one other person, but this was not necessarily the key issue where in the corporate world MDM solutions are more prevalent. More alarmingly, it was the revelation that 46% of tablet owners allow their children to use their company devices at home. The potential for accidental loss or modification of company sensitive data by those you DO know, is all too real. It is perhaps this more domestic perspective that needs review in the wider aspects of security and governance, as MDM rattles along at an ever increasing pace.

Microsoft working on Remote Desktop service?
Microsoft is working on a service called Mohoro, powered by its Azure platform which could provide Remote Desktop as a service. Mohoro should technically enable you to have a cheap thin-client, modest laptop or tablet – whilst still enjoying the huge processing and graphical power of a hi-grade desktop PC. Both consumer and business applications of Remote Desktop as a service from a giant like Microsoft, would shake up the market and affect market trends. However we will probably only know how, later in 2014.

Google Glass – future or fad?
Google has been flaunting its new wearable computer, Google Glass. Glass is praised for its simple and clear design, though battery life remains an issue. Like a smart phone, it can make phone calls, join video conferences, read and reply to SMS and E-mail, provide GPS navigation, web searching and more. Will wearable computers become the next big thing in technology (like the iPad did for tablets), or will Google Glass fade away as interesting but ultimately a fad?